The table below looks at the statistics for the Systems Administrator role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Systems Administrator in their job title over the 3 months to 3 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
System Administrator
Rank 242 292 250
Rank change year-on-year
+50 -42
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 509 362 367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.91% 0.68% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 0.74% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 354 230 201
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£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 8 27
Average hourly rate £20.50 £25.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.60% -7.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £21.78 £13.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.75 £31.05 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £26.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-21.15% -5.45%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51627 49001 45588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.58% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32558 29967 26404
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1943 1955 2128
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.59 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

Systems Administrator
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Systems Administrator in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Systems Administrator Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK.

Systems Administrator Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

Systems Administrator Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK.

Systems Administrator Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

Systems Administrator Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +18 460 £350 - 169
London +28 192 £350 -6.66% 78
South East +33 98 £400 +28.00% 29
East of England +47 84 £355 -8.38% 13
Cambridgeshire +27 54 £338 -12.90% 5
Cambridge +23 48 £363 -6.45% 4
City of London -2 42 £375 - 23
South West -27 30 £325 -13.33% 16
Surrey +12 26 £400 +45.45% 8
Scotland +12 22 £350 +3.70% 4
Hampshire -2 20 £500 +60.00% 5
Oxfordshire -9 19 £475 +11.76% 5
North West -13 16 £350 - 9
Essex 0 15 £400 +220.00%
Wiltshire -2 15 £350 +7.69% 4
Glasgow - 15 £338 -
West Midlands -1 14 £269 -15.35% 8
Yorkshire -30 14 £325 +1.56% 12
Berkshire +19 11 £343 -15.69% 6
Buckinghamshire +6 10 £400 +119.17%
Birmingham -1 10 £263 -17.96% 1
Southend-on-Sea - 10 £400 -
Wales +14 9 £350 -12.50% 8
Bristol -3 9 £325 +1.56% 3
Manchester -5 9 £350 +9.37% 6
Hertfordshire -9 8 £350 - 5
Redhill - 8 £520 - 1
Oxford -7 7 £483 +42.96% 3
Staines - 7 £400 - 1
Milton Keynes +3 6 £400 +344.44%

Systems Administrator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Systems Administrator in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Systems Administrator in their job title.

1 431 (49.71%) Linux
2 381 (43.94%) Windows
3 272 (31.37%) VMware
4 224 (25.84%) Red Hat
5 217 (25.03%) UNIX
6 186 (21.45%) Active Directory
7 175 (20.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 161 (18.57%) Microsoft
9 154 (17.76%) SAN
10 153 (17.65%) Puppet
11 146 (16.84%) Windows Server 2008
12 132 (15.22%) VMware Infrastructure
12 132 (15.22%) Finance
13 130 (14.99%) Solaris
14 118 (13.61%) Python
15 117 (13.49%) Oracle
16 111 (12.80%) DevOps
17 102 (11.76%) HP
17 102 (11.76%) Configuration Management
18 100 (11.53%) Perl
19 98 (11.30%) Windows Server 2012
20 96 (11.07%) Cisco
21 95 (10.96%) SQL
22 94 (10.84%) Bash Shell
23 90 (10.38%) DNS
24 88 (10.15%) PowerShell
25 84 (9.69%) SQL Server
26 81 (9.34%) ITIL
26 81 (9.34%) Shell Script
26 81 (9.34%) Data Centre

Systems Administrator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Systems Administrator in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Systems Administrator in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 67 (7.73%) IIS
2 61 (7.04%) Apache
3 55 (6.34%) MS Exchange
4 54 (6.23%) Tomcat
5 38 (4.38%) JBoss
6 33 (3.81%) SharePoint
7 32 (3.69%) Exchange Server 2010
8 22 (2.54%) WebSphere
9 14 (1.61%) IBM Notes
9 14 (1.61%) Lync
9 14 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2013
10 13 (1.50%) Lotus Domino
10 13 (1.50%) WebLogic
11 8 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2003
12 7 (0.81%) SharePoint Server
12 7 (0.81%) Oracle Workflow
13 6 (0.69%) GlassFish
13 6 (0.69%) OpenStack
14 5 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
14 5 (0.58%) Confluence
Applications
1 58 (6.69%) MS Excel
2 19 (2.19%) MS Office
3 4 (0.46%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.35%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.35%) Vectorworks
5 2 (0.23%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.23%) MS Project
6 1 (0.12%) PaintShop Pro
6 1 (0.12%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.12%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 10 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.69%) Maximo
3 4 (0.46%) Murex MxG2000
3 4 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.35%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.35%) Hyperion Enterprise
5 2 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.23%) HFM
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.23%) Agresso
6 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.12%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.12%) CODA-Financials
6 1 (0.12%) JDE OneWorld
6 1 (0.12%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.12%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.12%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 68 (7.84%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (1.96%) Office 365
3 10 (1.15%) IaaS
3 10 (1.15%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (0.92%) SaaS
4 8 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
5 6 (0.69%) IBM SmartCloud
5 6 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.35%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.35%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
7 2 (0.23%) Joyent
8 1 (0.12%) GitHub
8 1 (0.12%) Heroku
8 1 (0.12%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 1 (0.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.12%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 154 (17.76%) SAN
2 90 (10.38%) DNS
3 76 (8.77%) Firewall
4 73 (8.42%) NAS
5 62 (7.15%) TCP/IP
6 48 (5.54%) LDAP
7 41 (4.73%) LAN
8 31 (3.58%) DHCP
9 23 (2.65%) WAN
10 22 (2.54%) Internet
11 20 (2.31%) SMTP
11 20 (2.31%) VPN
12 18 (2.08%) iSCSI
12 18 (2.08%) SSL
13 16 (1.85%) HTTP
13 16 (1.85%) VoIP
14 15 (1.73%) VLAN
15 13 (1.50%) WebEx
16 9 (1.04%) Wireless
17 8 (0.92%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (9.69%) SQL Server
2 50 (5.77%) MySQL
3 39 (4.50%) Oracle Database
4 25 (2.88%) Relational Database
5 18 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
6 16 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
7 14 (1.61%) SQL Server 2005
8 12 (1.38%) RDBMS
9 10 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
10 8 (0.92%) Oracle Reports
11 5 (0.58%) MongoDB
11 5 (0.58%) Couchbase
11 5 (0.58%) Oracle Database 12c
11 5 (0.58%) Aerospike
12 4 (0.46%) MarkLogic
12 4 (0.46%) Hadoop
13 3 (0.35%) Oracle Database 11g
13 3 (0.35%) NoSQL
13 3 (0.35%) DB2
13 3 (0.35%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 39 (4.50%) Jenkins
2 20 (2.31%) Subversion
3 18 (2.08%) Git (software)
4 10 (1.15%) Maven
4 10 (1.15%) JIRA
5 6 (0.69%) TeamCity
6 3 (0.35%) Ant
6 3 (0.35%) MSI
7 2 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.23%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.12%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.12%) Hudson
8 1 (0.12%) Gerrit
8 1 (0.12%) MSBuild
8 1 (0.12%) FishEye
8 1 (0.12%) Gradle
8 1 (0.12%) JMeter
8 1 (0.12%) JUnit
8 1 (0.12%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.12%) Selenium
General
1 132 (15.22%) Finance
2 53 (6.11%) Banking
3 15 (1.73%) Retail
3 15 (1.73%) Telecoms
3 15 (1.73%) Marketing
4 12 (1.38%) Investment Banking
5 11 (1.27%) Law
6 8 (0.92%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.81%) Publishing
8 4 (0.46%) International Banking
8 4 (0.46%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.35%) Electronics
9 3 (0.35%) Advertising
10 2 (0.23%) Games
10 2 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.23%) Legal
11 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.12%) French Language
11 1 (0.12%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (4.84%) Web Services
2 26 (3.00%) .NET
3 17 (1.96%) HTML
4 16 (1.85%) XML
5 12 (1.38%) LAMP
6 11 (1.27%) Middleware
7 7 (0.81%) WebSphere MQ
8 5 (0.58%) J2EE
8 5 (0.58%) Application Packaging
8 5 (0.58%) RESTful
8 5 (0.58%) Memcached
9 4 (0.46%) WebCenter
9 4 (0.46%) HTML5
9 4 (0.46%) WPF
9 4 (0.46%) Flash
10 3 (0.35%) CSS
10 3 (0.35%) Twisted
10 3 (0.35%) PHP-FPM
11 2 (0.23%) Spring XD
11 2 (0.23%) Apache Avro
Miscellaneous
1 81 (9.34%) Data Centre
2 58 (6.69%) Clustering
3 46 (5.31%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (3.23%) Management Information System
5 17 (1.96%) Client/Server
6 15 (1.73%) Replication
7 14 (1.61%) Thin Client
7 14 (1.61%) Fat Client
8 12 (1.38%) Freedom of Information
8 12 (1.38%) Statistics
8 12 (1.38%) Freedom of Information Act
9 10 (1.15%) Computer Science
10 9 (1.04%) NHS
11 7 (0.81%) Digital Media
11 7 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.58%) Wiki
12 5 (0.58%) Derivative
12 5 (0.58%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.46%) HACMP
13 4 (0.46%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 431 (49.71%) Linux
2 381 (43.94%) Windows
3 217 (25.03%) UNIX
4 175 (20.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 146 (16.84%) Windows Server 2008
6 130 (14.99%) Solaris
7 98 (11.30%) Windows Server 2012
8 80 (9.23%) Windows Server 2003
9 62 (7.15%) CentOS
10 47 (5.42%) AIX
11 43 (4.96%) Windows 7
12 31 (3.58%) Ubuntu
13 24 (2.77%) Fedora
14 22 (2.54%) Windows 8
15 18 (2.08%) HPUX
16 14 (1.61%) SUSE
16 14 (1.61%) Mac OS X
17 13 (1.50%) Mac OS X Server
18 12 (1.38%) Windows XP
19 10 (1.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (12.80%) DevOps
2 102 (11.76%) Configuration Management
3 81 (9.34%) ITIL
4 70 (8.07%) Migration
5 45 (5.19%) Continuous Integration
6 41 (4.73%) Change Management
7 36 (4.15%) Agile Software Development
8 32 (3.69%) Service Delivery
9 30 (3.46%) Project Management
9 30 (3.46%) Open Source
9 30 (3.46%) Capacity Management
10 27 (3.11%) Performance Tuning
10 27 (3.11%) E-Commerce
11 26 (3.00%) Incident Management
12 24 (2.77%) Disaster Recovery
13 23 (2.65%) Change Control
14 21 (2.42%) Performance Monitoring
15 19 (2.19%) Business Intelligence
16 18 (2.08%) Workflow
17 16 (1.85%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 118 (13.61%) Python
2 100 (11.53%) Perl
3 95 (10.96%) SQL
4 94 (10.84%) Bash Shell
5 88 (10.15%) PowerShell
6 81 (9.34%) Shell Script
7 49 (5.65%) Java
8 45 (5.19%) Ruby
9 32 (3.69%) PHP
10 20 (2.31%) C
11 18 (2.08%) Korn
12 14 (1.61%) JavaScript
13 12 (1.38%) VB
14 10 (1.15%) VBScript
15 7 (0.81%) C#
15 7 (0.81%) PL/SQL
16 6 (0.69%) C++
17 2 (0.23%) T-SQL
17 2 (0.23%) C-shell
17 2 (0.23%) Scala
Qualifications
1 64 (7.38%) Security Cleared
2 39 (4.50%) SC Cleared
3 36 (4.15%) Degree
4 34 (3.92%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (2.42%) MCSE
6 19 (2.19%) RHCE
7 15 (1.73%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (1.50%) CCNA
9 12 (1.38%) DV Cleared
10 11 (1.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 8 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (0.92%) MCP
12 6 (0.69%) MCTS
13 5 (0.58%) MCITP
13 5 (0.58%) RHCA
13 5 (0.58%) RHCSA
14 4 (0.46%) Network+ Certification
14 4 (0.46%) A+ Certification
14 4 (0.46%) MCSA
15 3 (0.35%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (3.34%) SLA
2 9 (1.04%) QA
3 6 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.35%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.23%) BS7799
System Software
1 186 (21.45%) Active Directory
2 132 (15.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 50 (5.77%) vSphere
4 34 (3.92%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 32 (3.69%) XenApp
6 31 (3.58%) Hyper-V
7 30 (3.46%) NFS
8 29 (3.34%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 25 (2.88%) VMware ESXi
9 25 (2.88%) VMware ESX
10 17 (1.96%) Samba
11 16 (1.85%) XenDesktop
11 16 (1.85%) KVM
12 13 (1.50%) vCloud
13 11 (1.27%) Xen
14 9 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
14 9 (1.04%) Terminal Services
14 9 (1.04%) Veritas File System
15 8 (0.92%) VMware Server
15 8 (0.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 153 (17.65%) Puppet
2 60 (6.92%) Opscode Chef
3 46 (5.31%) SCOM
4 32 (3.69%) SCCM
5 28 (3.23%) Nagios
6 27 (3.11%) Ansible
7 20 (2.31%) WSUS
8 19 (2.19%) SCSM
9 18 (2.08%) SCOrch
9 18 (2.08%) Oracle ZFS
10 16 (1.85%) NetBackup
11 14 (1.61%) Red Hat Satellite
12 13 (1.50%) Tivoli
12 13 (1.50%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 12 (1.38%) HP SIM
14 10 (1.15%) ZABBIX
15 9 (1.04%) Backup Exec
16 7 (0.81%) ARCserve
17 6 (0.69%) Vagrant
18 5 (0.58%) Hyperic
Vendors
1 272 (31.37%) VMware
2 224 (25.84%) Red Hat
3 161 (18.57%) Microsoft
4 117 (13.49%) Oracle
5 102 (11.76%) HP
6 96 (11.07%) Cisco
7 69 (7.96%) Citrix
8 55 (6.34%) IBM
9 54 (6.23%) Veritas
10 49 (5.65%) NetApp
11 40 (4.61%) Sun
12 34 (3.92%) Symantec
13 32 (3.69%) EMC
14 19 (2.19%) SAP
14 19 (2.19%) 3PAR
15 18 (2.08%) BMC
16 16 (1.85%) Dell
17 15 (1.73%) Apple
18 14 (1.61%) Lotus
19 13 (1.50%) Sybase
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £340 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
IT People First
Rate: From £275 to £325 per day 3 Months +
Posted: Yesterday
London
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £300 - £380 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Kelway Ltd
Rate: Negotiable Day Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Malvern, Worcestershire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Barnsley
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £380 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Pro-Quest Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £300 - £600 Per Annum Excellent rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Evermore Global
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £250 - 295 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Rate: £450 - £550 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxfordshire
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago